A piece of artifice, a symbol of defiance against mortality, yet subject to the same laws of nature as the warm and fluttering little sparrow.
In the end, it is not in the lofty ivory tower that we find our salvation, but in the dark depth of the earth, the sea, and space itself, where nameless things strike fear in hearts brittle of hubris.
Mechtilde Lichnowsky (1879-1958)
German author. She was inspired by expressionism, and among her friends were theatre director Max Reinhardt and Viennese radical writer Karl Kraus. After the Nazi takeover, she refused to join the obligatory organization for “Aryan” writers, Reichsschrifttumskammer (Reich Chamber of Literature), and her works were banned. She was forced into house arrest in 1939. After the war, she settled in London.